James Bond Fans Plead for 'No Time to Die' Release Delay Amid Coronavirus Crisis
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In an open letter to the 007 producers, writers for the MI6-HQ website are encouraging a summer release by arguing that public health should be put above marketing marketing release schedules.

AceShowbiz - A group of James Bond fans has urged 007 producers to stall the release of "No Time to Die" until the spread of coronavirus is contained.

In an open letter to Bond bosses, writers for the MI6-HQ website are encouraging studio executives to "put public health above marketing release schedules".

"With a month to go before No Time to Die opens worldwide, community spread of the virus is likely to be peaking in the United States," the letter, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, reads. "Today, Washington declared a state of emergency. There is a significant chance that cinemas will be closed, or their attendance severely reduced, by early April."

Urging producers to consider a summer release instead, the missive continues: "It's just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important."

"We have all waited over four years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box office for Daniel Craig's final hurrah."

Craig will be stepping down as 007 after the film's release.

Bond bosses have already taken heed of the coronavirus spread in Asia, cancelling the Beijing, China premiere and a promotional tour.

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